Rum, Risk and Ruin: 13 Reasons Why You Still Shouldn’t Do Business in Cuba.

 The removal of Cuba from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list this week sparked a groundswell of excitement among U.S. entrepreneurs, lawyers, and investors looking to profit from the “enormous opportunities” on the island. As part of the Florida Bar’s first-ever delegation to Havana, Cuba last week, I got the chance to see these “opportunities” for myself. Indeed, … [Read more...]

The World’s First Bitcoin Lawsuit—in the United States?

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Have you ever received an email that is so fascinating that you have to read it out loud to make sure you that you read it correctly? I received one of those several days ago. The email asked the following question: “This past summer I purchased [factory equipment] in [Country X] with Bitcoin.  I never received the equipment and [the supplier] won’t respond to my messages. … [Read more...]

Are Worldwide Freezing Orders Really Enforceable Worldwide?

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I recently did an interview with Russia’s top news agency, RIA Novosti on Worldwide Freezing Orders (WFO). The interview was conducted by RIA correspondent Carl Shecker. The interview was for the article In Global Tussle, Russia and Émigré US Socialite Battle for Fortune.  As Carl puts it, the story centers on “a byzantine Russian corruption scandal intertwined with the opaque … [Read more...]

Political Risk Insurance: Why Your International Business Must Have It.

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A special interview with Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo This is the first in a series of posts dealing with global security and risk management. While companies doing business internationally generally protect themselves against numerous risks, political risk is often ignored or accepted as fate. While there are many ways to manage and … [Read more...]

International Money Laundering. How to Make Sure Your International Business Stays Clean (Infographic)

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 Our firm is currently assisting in the prosecution of an international white collar crime matter.   The allegations read like a James Bond novel and are so outlandish that film rights are being discussed. Like I said, this is interesting stuff. The thrust of the case centers on an international financial  institution  that uncovered a would-be depositor's scheme to launder … [Read more...]